Sporting Khalsa vs Westfields

Midland Football League


Sporting Khalsa





20th October 2018 | 3:00 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena


Jay Holdcroft – looked the most likely to score, although that’s not saying too much

Khalsa’s nine game winning streak came screeching to a halt as clinical Westfields put them to the sword to go top of the Midland Football League.

Perhaps the key to the result was adaptability. Westfields had to substitute off two players with injury within 18 minutes and responded perfectly. Khalsa lost centre-half Leon Miles at half-time with no obvious replacement and fell to pieces in the second half.

But as excellent as the visitors were, Khalsa were equally disappointing. None of the dangermen performed – or perhaps were allowed to – and far too much possession was given up unnecessarily.

For most of the first half it was Westfields asking the majority of questions with the best opportunity coming for Paul Hurrell from a Keanu Cooper corner on 31 minutes.

With the half drawing to a close, Khalsa had what would end up being their golden age, a five minute spell where Lee Chilton’s shot was charged down, Liam Armstrong pulled a decent opportunity wide and Mensah Kinch had a chance from a Chilton cross.

But the wheels came off in spectacular fashion in the second half as Leon Miles – struggling for fitness all week – had to give way to Luke Adams, requiring some square pegs in round holes that were quickly exposed.

Within a minute of the restart, Craig Jones – an absolute menace throughout for Khalsa – finished brilliantly. It was two on 53 minutes, Sam Arnold in the Khalsa goal caught in no man’s land with a weak clearance, enabling Cooper to score from fully 40 yards with a finish of true quality.

On 67 minutes Westfields made it 3-0, a long ball by Cooper was dispatched past Arnold by Jamie Molyneux.

Khalsa weren’t without endeavour in the second half, however, with two chances in the space of a minute on 72 minutes, first an Alex Melbourne cross narrowly evading Chilton and then a Tes Robinson cross just missing everybody.

A minute later it was 4-0, Jones scoring again after fine build up play by Molyneux.

Khalsa threw some bodies forward in the final stages, but frankly could have played all night and wouldn’t have scored. Substitute Jay Holdcroft stung the fingers of Westfields keeper Kieron Blackburn with nine minutes to go and then Dan Westwood headed over the resulting corner.

Blackburn pulled off a great save on 90 minutes from Holdcroft to preserve his clean sheet and then from the corner Dave Meese headed tamely wide, perhaps representing Khalsa’s day in one limp set-piece.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Alex Melbourne, Leon Miles (Luke Adams), Tes Robinson (captain), Liam Armstrong (Josh Thomas), Rico Taylor, Dave Meese, Dan Westwood, Mensah Kinch (Jay Holdcroft), Lee Chilton. Subs not used: Alex Woodhouse, Vidal Hendrickson.

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